Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 8

Crime and Punishment

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 03, 2008 on ABC
8.4
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Addison and Charlotte work together to save the life of a pregnant woman in a coma and her unborn child. Meg, clashes with members of the Oceanside staff when she begins seeing patients there. Violet seeks Kevin's advice when a patient is suspected of murdering his wife.moreless

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  • Cool... with some funny plots.

    7.5
    The opening scene was different, we often have to remember that the Practice has other patients that we don't even know about and they represented that aspect most logically. Violet had a patient who was convincing in his role as the husband who killed his wife to put her out of her misery. Had me second guessing whether or not he was telling the truth and it played off convincingly when he confessed what really happened to Violet. Sometimes the 'confession' part usually sucks... and it didn't so that's a plus. Addison got to do a surgery... what she does best. You don't figure Addison always saying that she's a Neo-natal surgeon-one of the best always passes through your mind when she does a surgery. It was said many times over in Season 1 and now it's just stuck in memory.



    I wonder if it was the first time Kevin was shot?

    I'm actually tired of seeing Kevin in Addison's perspective. What ever did he do before he met her, he seems to spend most of his time with Addison. I want to see want mister 'SWAT cop' does in his alone time. :) Every week he gets some excuse to be around Addison. This week, he was shot and Addison's a doctor so she could take care him, let's hope he recovers next week. I actually like the Meg-Pete relationship, but I have to admit, I really do not care about the speech he always gives about his wife's death. Frankly Pete didn't really strike me as a guy who would ever get married, he doesn't really wear it well. Meg took the first step in the Practice- the first abortion ever to be done there. I wonder what did Dell say to the girl to make her return to get the abortion done. Why would she even listen to him and not Meg? Is it because he's a guy? Or because he could relate due to his daughter. I still can't believe Dell has a daughter. They just sprung it on us, without giving us a heads up or even a clue in Season 1... that would have been appreciated. Anyway, Dell having a daughter just seems too convenient. Now that Dell has a daughter, he could now relate to what an abortion is or even with the last episode 'Tempting Faith' having the Pedophile, Dell could then feel protective of his daughter. It just seems too funny for me to absorb though. They should stir up the Dell-Naomi affair again that was interesting last season and it was just dismissed this season. I actually miss the mean-bossy Charlotte, maybe Cooper does as well. That's why he's acting like such a teenager. He misses the 'no conversations-just sex' moments between them I'm sure... but seriously I'm actually forgetting why they broke up to begin with. Yeah she is now the competitor for the Practice, but shouldn't that spice things up between them? Cooper and Charlotte no-longer have that flavor between them that captivated my interest.



    My favorite scene was when Violet went by Kevin for advice. Obviously he would give a cop's perspective. The best advice was the one she received from her fellow psychiatrist who was interviewing for the new position... and got the job. Did I hint a love interest for Violet? Two psychiatrists isn't that funny... but that would be like sleeping with the enemy? I loved the ending scene when Kevin held Addison in his arms.



    "You took care of me now let me take care of you"

    Sweet.



    Next episode seems interesting, looks like Addison has a huge surgery crisis to deal with. What's funny is that if you actually think about it, these doctors really have hectic lives, with each episode having some major crisis. ________________________________



    Three out of Four stars

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  • Story on pro-choice, euthanasia, and a comatose woman...

    7.0
    After a really chilling start, the episode pretty much lost all its steam toward the end. Though I kind of pass this episode as a good one, I must say they could have made this storyline much much better.



    Violet continues to be the focus of quite a few episodes lately. This actually looks good, as the writers are able to make her look intelligent by giving her some medical cases, rather than make her look like a whiny relationship disaster. She plays a Clarice Starling of Silence of the Lambs here, helping a mentally affected man realize that he had committed murder. We see a storyline on abortion involving a woman, Dell, Meg, Pete, and Naomi. Dell continues to ruffle some feathers over the last few installments. Ever since his past life has been brought up, the writers have found something or the other to make him look important. Sam was underutilized this time with absolutely no material to act. An angry Cooper still persists on giving a cold face to Charlotte. It's surprising to see that even Addison didn't have a strong story to back her. The one medical case involving a comatose woman and her boyfriend, who still believed she would wake up someday and deliver the baby was ridiculous.



    An OK episode that could and should have been made better.moreless
  • This episode and it's title did the job they were asked, but too bad the doctors can't do the same.

    8.0
    Though I respect the attempt at tackling tough issues, the problem with the show is that everyone has an opinion, and as the adage goes "opinions are like noses everyone has one." I didn't find the characters preachy or overbearing, the two issues commonly faced when discussing Assisted Suicide and Abortion. How does a show not push an agenda, how does a show not force their ideals upon you? By giving everyone converging opinions, converging pasts, and converging lives. It's been my attitude from its creation that Private Practice's biggest asset is its diversity. The envisitionment of a world where things can happen to different people, that their experiences mold them, that it as much nature as it is nurture which helps you to become the person you are. But when everyone thinks they're right it becomes a pointless existence. It becomes the moment where everyone stops listening and is simply talking out of their "noses"moreless
  • An abortion episode.

    7.6
    This episode got right to the point and skipped the seemingly obligatory girl talk from Addison and Naomi. There were no scenes trying to emulate Desperate Housewives in a cheap attempt to jump start the ratings, just a good old-fashioned medical drama. Where the show excelled was handling the uber-sensitive issue of abortion with absolute class. Both sides were equally and fairly represented and the show did not impose one belief on the viewer.



    We had some great interactions among the cast members and the Dell character continues to unravel new layers instead of just being the young guy at the front desk.



    Where the show fails is accomplishing everything in the first half hour. The second part of the episode seemed to drag on and there was no payoff for any of the cases. The viewer did not care about the abortion that just went down despite it being hyped well. This execution error is what I believe to be the flaw of this program and the one thing stopping it from achieving more praise.moreless
  • Moving episode dealing with difficult issues of life and death.

    9.0
    It was so good to see Private Practice spring back after last week's episode which, for me, was a little bit painful to watch. This week's medical dilemmas revolved around difficult issues such as the right to choose abortion, whether a mother should be sacrificed to protect her unborn child and whether a man committed murder or assisted in his wife's suicide. Private Practice is certainly not afraid to tackle such issues head on. Personally, I was glad to see that Cooper had finally come to his senses about his relationship with Charlotte. Clearly that was never going anywhere. Violet was particularly impressive in this episode. Well worth watching after last week's downer.moreless
Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell

William "Dell" Parker

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Dr. Sam Bennett

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Dr. Naomi Bennett

Kadee Strickland

Kadee Strickland

Dr. Charlotte King

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Cooper Freedman

Jayne Brook

Jayne Brook

Meg Porter

Guest Star

Andy Milder

Andy Milder

Doug

Guest Star

Joan McMurtrey

Joan McMurtrey

Jennifer

Guest Star

Brian Benben

Brian Benben

Dr. Sheldon Wallace

Recurring Role

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Officer Kevin Nelson

Recurring Role

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